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New Mexico Men’s Shelter Now Open

Taos Men s Shelter

The Taos Men’s Shelter has finally reopened at its new location!  None too soon as Taos weather has taken a turn for the worse. The shelter will now be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every night.

You can read the full story at Taos News

If you are in the Taos, NM area there will be a fundraiser at the Wilder Nightingale Gallery on Saturday February 7th.  More information about the Hearts & Stars Fundraiser for the Taos Men’s Shelter on their Facebook event page.

 

 

 

 

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In New Mexico Tent City, a Glimmer of Hope

This link to a great article in The New York Times was sent to me by Signe Lindell, a Santa Fe city councilwoman whom I know. In New Mexico Tent City, a Glimmer of Hope GoFundMeImageAlso would like to invite you to participate in the Go Fund Me campaign for the Taos Men’s Shelter that I have written about in previous posts. http://www.gofundme.com/taos-mens-shelter  Please share these links with friends who might be interested. There are some handy buttons to do so below. You might also like:

A Bright Spot This New Year

10 Myths About Homelessness

A Bright Spot This New Year

A bright spot this new year is that the Taos Men’s Shelter has moved to its new location. The building was moved Dec. 26 in the snow and cold. “Now all we need is electricity, water, sewage and flooring,” reports Executive Director Jeff Sattler.

The new site was prepped and foundation poured in mid-December. The shelter will house about 20 men per night when it opens. Taos temperatures have been dipping down below zero at night lately but thanks to donations and kindly innkeepers, most homeless men and women have been able to stay in warm motel rooms.

Your donations to the shelter are much appreciated.  Visit their site for more info and an easy way to donate:  http://www.taosmensshelter.org/

Here are some photos that Jeff sent me of the construction.  Progress even in the dead of winter.  Something to celebrate!

10 Myths About Homelessness

10 Myths About Homelessness

The new director of the men’s shelter in Taos, New Mexico, arrived from Connecticut to find that the shelter was temporarily closed and would be re-established at another location. Part of the trial-by-fire job when Jeff Sattler first landed was to find motel, hotel or other rooms for the men until the shelter reopens (possibly after Christmas). The last time the Taos Men’s Shelter closed down because someone torched the building, one of the men who had nowhere to go lost all his toes in the minus degree weather.

In a recent op-ed piece for the Taos News, Sattler tries to dispel some of myths associated with homelessness.

Donations are very much needed and you can do so easily on their website.

10 MYTHS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS

1. Homelessness is only about middle-aged men.
For many, the word “homeless” conjures up images of scraggly men standing on street corners holding cardboard signs. The face of homelessness is changing. In fact, the fastest growing segments of the homeless population are women and families with children.

2. Homeless people need to “just get a job”.
Getting a job is a challenge for most people in these days, and incredibly difficult for a homeless person. Most lack clean clothes, showers, transportation, a permanent address and phone number. Others have a criminal past, learning disabilities and lack of education that holds them down. Even if they find work, their low income often cannot sustain them.

3. Homeless people are dangerous.
Homelessness is often associated with drugs, alcohol, violence and crime. So yes, life on the streets can be perilous for homeless men and women. But very few crimes are committed by homeless people against those of us who try to help them.

4. Homeless people are lazy.
Surviving on the street takes more work than we realize. Homeless men and women are often sleep-deprived, cold, wet, and sick. Their minds, hearts and bodies are exhausted. Though help is available, they may have no idea where to begin navigating the maze of social service agencies and bureaucracy. With no transportation and little money, they can spend all day getting to food and maybe an appointment before they need to search for a safe place to sleep. And they do this while lugging their precious few possessions along with them in a bag or backpack. It is not a life of ease.

5. People are homeless by choice.
No one starts life with a goal of becoming homeless. People lose jobs and then housing. Women run away to the street to escape domestic violence. Many people have experienced significant trauma and simply cannot cope with life. Others struggle with mental illness, depression or post-traumatic stress. Yes, poor choices can contribute to homelessness. But outside circumstances strongly influence those choices.

6. If homeless people wanted to, they could pull themselves out of it.
Once a man or woman loses a job or a home, getting those things back can feel nearly impossible. Imagine trying to get a job when you have no address to put on a resume, no phone number, no shower and no clean-pressed clothes. Often, things like legal issues, criminal history, mental illness, physical and emotional health hinder progress even more.

7. Providing food and shelter only enables people to remain homeless.
Food and shelter are essentials for life. By offering these and other outreach services, like restrooms and mail service, we build relationships with people in need. Then we’re able to offer them something more through our recovery programs, like counseling, addiction recovery, emotional healing, spiritual guidance, education, life skills and job training.

8. If we provide sufficient affordable housing, homelessness will end.
Putting a roof over the head of a deeply hurting person will not heal emotional wounds, break addiction, create relational stability or establish healthy life skills. Housing can help people who are homeless due to poverty. But it can be a shallow and temporary solution for the many people who are homeless because they are unable to function in a “normal” life.

9. Homelessness will never happen to me.
Talk to the hundreds of homeless men and women we serve each day and they’ll tell you that they never intended or expected to become homeless. They’ve had solid jobs, houses and families. But at some point, life fell apart. They are desperate for a way back home.

10. Homelessness will never end.
Many U.S. cities have established ambitious goals with 10-year plans to end homelessness. While these plans to provide housing and better centralized services to homeless people are important in reducing the scope and duration of homelessness, they will not completely eliminate it everywhere for all time. But homelessness does end—one life at a time. With your help, we continue to restore the lives of hurting men, women and children every day.

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